I didn’t always like apple pie. That all changed when I learned about apple pie à la mode. Two desserts on one plate? Okay, you’ve got my full and undivided attention.
Growing up, I assumed “à la mode” was French for “with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.” When my friends and I would play house/restaurant/cafe, we would order everything à la mode. Even at birthday parties, it was birthday cake à la mode. If you were one of the younger kids out of loop, you didn’t get a scoop of ice cream. Silly, I know.
Imagine my horror when my started studying French. On the first day of class I learned that à la mode had nothing to do with ice cream. I was crushed. I was fooled for all those years. After that mishap, I wouldn’t let myself be fooled by French words again. I continued to study French for six years throughout high school and college.
Naturally, if I am going to serve apple pie, you betcha there’s going to a scoop of ice cream. Move over vanilla ice cream, I found a better flavor more suited for apple pie: whiskey ice cream. I’ll be sharing the recipe to the sweet, boozy, delicious whiskey ice cream later this week.